Essential Oils VS Pandemic, (True) Story of Smart Thieves

The Immunity of Deceased’s Thieves During The Bubonic Plague Pandemic

Perfumers and Thieves Saved By Essential Oils


We all know that humans have always used innovations and discoveries for better or for worse.
The same goes for thieves during the bubonic plague.
In very troubled times, it is not uncommon to see the most cunning observe and use their observations to live, and to enrich themselves.
During the bubonic plague which decimated the population in a catastrophic way, whatever the social level, all people were potential victims of this pandemic. People would die at home, and it sometimes took days, even weeks, before someone noticed their passing away.
However, a category of wealthy craftsmen escaped this ecatombe: the arisants perfumers of the time showed no symptoms and resisted the pandemic very well.
Thieves and robbers are very tempted to take advantage of such a great opportunity, wondering about the differences between perfumers and any other profession. What they all had in common was the use of essential oils. Between inhalation during distillation, the manipulation of these essential oils and, certainly also the ingestion of certain essential oils that they used to flavor their food, these perfumers seemed to benefit from a protective shell against this Yersinia Pandemic.


What Was the Plague?

Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents, mainly carried by the rat, and transmitted to humans by the bites of fleas from infected rodents. It was the Doctor Alexandre Yersin who discovered in 1894 the bacillus responsible for the disease, Yersinia pestis, an extremely virulent bacteria, and as an agronomist, he introduced the Peruvian cinchona tree (for quinine, the first anti malarial treatment)
If we draw the analogy with the current pandemic, we often wrongly accuse certain cultures of having started the pandemic by eating animals, whereas the reality is very different: animals are carriers, rats swarm in cities because they ‘have no direct predator (wolves and foxes did not swarm in town, even at the time.) People were wearing mask to avoid contamination.


Back to Our Immunized Thieves

These smart thieves, who understood the reason for this immunity developed by perfumers, created a synergy of anti-microbial essential oils.
The most affordable essential oils with great anti-microbial power were probably essential oils produced locally at the time: in France, in the 19th century, many ingredients were already available, just to name a few: rosemary, which grows as weeds in all the countryside of the south of France. Cinnamon and cloves were already widely imported and we knew both the pain relieving (dental) and antiseptic properties which are still used in dentistry nowadays. Lemon and citrus fruits, grew in the South East of France, as well as lavender. It was not possible to use more expensive floral essential oils than lavender, although often very powerful antiseptics. However, main of the flower’s essential oils were already expensive to produce.

This is how these scented thieves, shamelessly approaching decomposing corpses, fearless and above all, without ever contracting this bacteria.

Live or Unveil

Their luck lasted only a time, because their plundering should not have gone unpunished. The law enforcement ended up catching these thieves.
Knowing the power they held, the police offered them 2 choices: either being executed, or sharing their secret: How were they doing to stay bacteria free while steeling dead bodies packed with the dangerous plague’s bacteria


They chose to Live and Share.

Why Essential Oils are Not FDA Approved


Since then, essential oils have been observed scientifically. Regularly large companies offer a synergy of essential oils, and to be able to claim that it is approved by the FDA, pay a laboratory to lead researches.
Other publications, without conflict of interest, regularly see their edition accepted, but must indicate that the results are promising however require research on larger cohorts. Essential Oils are not FDA approved treatments because it’s part of the botanical pharmacopeia, and no one being entitled to claim an exclusivity, no one wants to pay an independent lab without getting the investment back (plus benefits of course).
It is very unfortunate that the plants do not retain their title of nobility. Let’s not forget that 70% of today’s pharmacy is botanical. In addition essential oils have proven since the dawn of time their effectiveness (the Egyptians used essential oils to embalm the deceased, and 2000 years later, the bodies have provided proof that they have escaped bacteria, fungal infections and other microorganisms contributing to the decomposition, of the bodies.) Hippocrates also spoke about it, it is nevertheless the reference, since each practitioner took the oath: “of Hippocrates”.

Aromatherapy in Our Modern World

More recently, field doctors have used aromatherapy as an effective means of treatment. To name just one, Doctor Valnet, doctor and war surgeon  who used aromatherapy during the Korean War. He shared many protocols that he had to put in place with essential oils on injured soldiers suffering from gangrene. Antibiotics no longer reaching the battle fields, he used essential oils and saved many lives thanks to aromatherapy. In our daily life, each person using essential oils has many success healing stories to share. Like any other natural or allopathic therapy, aromatherapy will not cure all ailments, however it is far more powerful than one realizes. Not being taught in medical school, people who undergo serious training will often be better informed than allopathic doctors about the use of essential oils. As these are two totally different and complementary approaches, it is often interesting to join forces and work hand in hand: allopathy and aromatherapy.

I would easily find some similarities between this ancient pandemic history and todays. Couldn’t we observe and function with some observations and base our nowedays treatments on what worked well as a preventive treatment?

We have many other stories to share about the effectiveness of essential oils, my next post will certainly be about how my life was saved by essential oils and why I have been blamed to use aromatherapy: basically, I should be dead. Sorry, I would do it again.

We would love to know if you are using essential oils for your health. Do you trust aromatherapy and for what kind of ailment would you use it for?